(1993) Universal Language

Joe Lovano

... read moreUniversal Language is one of Joe Lovano's most ambitious and successsful albums, an attempt to prove the cliché that music is indeed the universal language. He does this by writing a set of ten original compositions that cover a broad spectrum of sounds and styles, from hard bop to...

01:01′:03″ 10 Songs

1
Luna Park
Joe Lovano
5:09
2
Sculpture
Joe Lovano
9:04
3
Josie & Rosie
Joe Lovano
6:48
4
This Is Always
Joe Lovano
5:09
5
Worship
Joe Lovano
4:55
6
Cleveland Circle
Joe Lovano
4:48
7
The Dawn Of Time
Joe Lovano
7:25
8
Lost Nations
Joe Lovano
6:23
9
Hypnosis
Joe Lovano
6:13
10
Chelsea Rendezvous
Joe Lovano
5:09
Released 01 January 1993, ℗ 1993 Blue Note Records

Review

Universal Language is one of Joe Lovano's most ambitious and successsful albums, an attempt to prove the cliché that music is indeed the universal language. He does this by writing a set of ten original compositions that cover a broad spectrum of sounds and styles, from hard bop to worldbeat-influenced post-bop. His band -- trumpeter Tim Hagans, drummer Jack DeJohnette, pianist Kenny Werner, vocalist Judi Silvano and bassists Charlie Haden, Scott Lee and Steve Swallow -- handle the subtleties of the music expertly, bringing the melodic themes into unexpected territory. Silvano's voice is used as texture, not a lead instrument, which helps give the music complexity and an otherworldly depth. It's an unabashedly adventurous and risky project, and it works frighteningly well. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine